‘Boo’ Malcome ready to rock number 24 at Georgia

Boo Malcome, then playing under the name Kendrun, plows over a Marist defender last season. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Boo Malcome, then playing under the name Kendrun, plows over a Marist defender last season. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Forget Ken Malcome. That’s so 2009.

Say hello to Boo Malcome. Now that sounds more like an SEC tailback!

Actually, they’re one in the same. “Boo” is a nickname that Ken Malcome has been going by for years among family and friends. The Southwest DeKalb running back plans to break it out as a full-time moniker when he reports the University of Georgia to begin his college football career in June.

“I just like that name,” said Malcome, who also said he’ll be wearing the number 24 for the Bulldogs next season. “My family calls me that and people at school and in my neighborhood call me that. I feel like it gives me some swag and kind of motivates me to do better. It’s got a ring to it, kind of like Juice Williams, Bo Jackson, Champ Bailey.”

Malcome informed me of the name change during an interview on Wednesday. The way it came up was I asked him whether he was going to go by Kendrun, his given first name, or Ken when he got to Georgia.

“Well, actually I’m changing next year to my other name, Boo,” he said.

I think I asked him three times to repeat it.

Malcome explained that his middle name is Bernard and his family shortened it to Boo when he was a young boy. They’ve been calling him that ever since.

As for the number 24, Malcome wore the number 34 at Southwest DeKalb and, well, nobody is going to wears 34 at Georgia (unless Herschel Walker comes back for that final year of eligibility).

Giving up 34 was tough for Malcome. He has worn it since Pop Warner league. I wondered if he’d broached with Georgia’s coaching the notion of breaking out the ol’ 34.

“No, I didn’t bother to ask,” he said with a laugh. “I know Herschel Walker was a great running back. I just left it alone.”

Actually, Malcome said he started wearing 34 because he was a fan of Walter Payton.

“I didn’t hear about Herschel Walker until like my ninth-grade year really,” Malcome said. “Then I started getting comparisons to him. I heard that a lot.”

Nowadays there is not a bigger fan of Walker than Malcome. He has even taken to training like the Bulldog great.

“I heard Herschel say on YouTube — I was watching a highlight film on him not too long ago — and he said doing pushups and sit-ups was better than lifting weights. So I do pushups and sit-ups every night, a hundred pushups and a hundred sit-ups. Herschel said he did 200. I’m like, ‘wait a minute now.’”

That’s not all Malcome is doing. Now fully recovered from a broken collarbone suffered against Clarke Central in the second round of the playoffs last fall, he’s back to lifting weights. In fact, he has been following a regimen provided to him by UGA’s strength and conditioning staff. He’s also running track for the Panthers, competing in the 100-meter dash and the 4×100 relay.

Malcome said he’s doing everything he can to get ready for Georgia in the hopes of competing for playing time as a true freshman. And while he won’t be wearing his beloved 34, there’s a new tradition to uphold in the 24 jersey.

Knowshon Moreno made it famous in 2007-08 and Washaun Ealey had a standout freshman campaign rocking those digits last season. Ealey gave it up to get the number 3, which he wore in high school

“I feel like there’s a tradition with 24,” Malcome said. “I like that Knowshon and Washaun wore it. If I get it, and they say I will, then I’m gonna keep it all the way through.”

We’re assuming that goes for both numbers and nicknames.

103 comments Add your comment

Jimmy H. in Gainesville

March 11th, 2010
5:12 am

First again …. early to rise gets you first.

FalconUGAFan

March 11th, 2010
5:14 am

Welcome Boo…Here’s to great things for you at UGA, Both on and off the gridiron.

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Calhoundawg

March 11th, 2010
6:21 am

Geez, he even looks like Herschel Walker! Very patient, actually runs the play, great burst downfield, etc. I hope Waushan and Caleb really turn it on this year. We could use another 1,000 yard rusher (2?) to complement what should be a dynamic passing game. I hate to wish my life away, but I can’t wait till September. Go Dawgs !!!!

redeployed dawg

March 11th, 2010
6:35 am

This could be an interesting trend of freshman tailbacks donning #24. Maybe if Boo has a breakout this year (or next, with a redshirt) he can change numbers at the end of the season.

nub

March 11th, 2010
6:35 am

Boo …..Wow KID you are 4real! Might be the next termig@tor……WOOF!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 11th, 2010
7:20 am

highlights look good, let’s hope that transfers over to the SEC level. Go Dawgs!!

coach dunn

March 11th, 2010
7:25 am

what up cuz kennyboo……georgia fans am telling you from watching this kid since he played with the scottdale steelers 60 pounds…..he#s the real deal…..the kid is from the harris family in scottdale ga his cousin my bro plays for east carolina dwanye harris #17 its in the blood….dont be surprise if he becomes the starter if he gets a chance….shonn dunn

boo boo

March 11th, 2010
7:29 am

thats all ya have to say boo to run the flagboys out of athens..’round thanksgiving!

Vick=Dog killing Thug

March 11th, 2010
7:32 am

I like this kid and I hope he pans out bigtime. I do believe he’s the only running back of his class ?

UGA 1980

March 11th, 2010
7:35 am

Welcome to UGA Boo! Make the most of your time at UGA. Get a great education!

lagadawg

March 11th, 2010
7:40 am

Looks like he may be a great back to have in the red zone and the goal line,love the way he is patient and sets up his blocks.

Icenupe

March 11th, 2010
7:41 am

I think he will eventually wind up playing fullback. Coach Richt utilizes his fullbacks very well.

Boo Booster

March 11th, 2010
7:45 am

Boo, you’d better get after it buddy. I think the great HW was doing pushups and situps in the thousands; not hundreds. Daily. Somebody validate this claim please.

hunkerdown

March 11th, 2010
7:47 am

Rumble young man rumble.

Yoda

March 11th, 2010
7:56 am

Don’t need no Boo Boo’s…I mean fumbles this season

Walker, Texas Ranger

March 11th, 2010
8:04 am

George Rogers went by Boo when he was at Duluth.

Dawg fan

March 11th, 2010
8:05 am

Not impressed. He won’t have holes that big to run through in the SEC. That just looked like a solid offensive line overpowering a deffense.

suwaneedawg

March 11th, 2010
8:05 am

Now we need to be sure a recruit a solid line around. him. There was some pretty darn good blocking in these highlights. The kid does look good.

kds

March 11th, 2010
8:17 am

well, im impressed! for a back that size, he showed real good speed! very patient. i think he will open up a lot of eyes in a year or 2!

SimpleDawg

March 11th, 2010
8:21 am

I can hear it now…..BOOOOO…..every time Boo runs for a touchdown.

Dude runs like a Ferrari Truck…..fast and heavy.

H-DAWG

March 11th, 2010
8:22 am

I like this guy’s running a lot. Really went under the radar during recruiting. He will be a very good back by his sophomore year.

naganole

March 11th, 2010
8:23 am

Geez, UGA fans are quick to compare a kid who’s never taken 1 snap of college ball to Herschel Walker. That’s blasphemy if you ask me…

cursive

March 11th, 2010
8:23 am

I like what I see… Sure he had some good blocking, but he looks patient and like he has good vision. He also shed some tackles and seems to have good balance. I think he’ll fit right in!

C/of 93 SWD

March 11th, 2010
8:40 am

I’m a true GA fan, and so glad we got Boo.. All I gotta say is he’s from SWD and he will represent and will not disappoint. Ga fans will be saying BOOOOOOO a lot. Do ya thang Boo and never let up, the sky is the limit… Keep Strip motivated up there to…

Paddy

March 11th, 2010
8:45 am

boo booster….I know you are right. Not hundreds but a 1000 per day if memory serves me. But that was a long time ago.

Skeeter

March 11th, 2010
8:45 am

I had the privilege of watching HW play highschool ball. No doubt Boo is a talented player but he’s no HW.

Booshaun

March 11th, 2010
8:45 am

Scrap that, I’m Booshaun if I get to wear the red 2-4.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

March 11th, 2010
8:50 am

92,000 chanting BOOOOOOOO!I like the way it sounds already! Ok, that doesn’t translate to well, but you know what I mean!

just the truth

March 11th, 2010
9:03 am

I thought this was a recruiting blog. There’s already a “Junkyard Blawg” just for this type of thing. I thought this was suppose to be independent. There could be 100s of stories of varies teams about players changing there nicknames or numbers! Just shows the prejudice.

Yoda

March 11th, 2010
9:05 am

Lowcountry Bulldawg…ain’t that what the fans were chanting last season…oh no that was Boo Willie

PMC

March 11th, 2010
9:09 am

cool, now whether he scores home or away he’ll here his name.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

March 11th, 2010
9:11 am

Was that last season or the past 3? Hard to remember, the force was not with us in those days. We were lured to the dark side…

rogeriter

March 11th, 2010
9:12 am

I’m impressed! High School or not, he knows how to follow blocking, run over someone ,if necessary, and has a good burst of speed. Herschel or not–I’d be content with another Knowshon, or Robert Edwards, or Washaun. Not being as good as Herschel–neither was any of the above–but it can still be wonderful!!!

LOWNDES COUNTY DAWG

March 11th, 2010
9:27 am

DEAR HERSCHEL, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PUT THEM GAYTORS IN THE DIRT!

Tailback U

March 11th, 2010
9:33 am

His heavy running style looks like a good compliment
to our slash type runners already on board.
He wasn’t the big 5 star recruit but I got a feeling
he will end up playing like one before he leaves.
Truck’em and chunk’em Boo!

BjohnDawg

March 11th, 2010
9:35 am

Good moves..would like to see more speed, but he is a big back so some of that you have to understand. Like the way he plays off the blocks. But the level of competition was weak. Hopefully as he steps to the next level, he can produce similiar results.

I personally not ready to compare him to HW. But he looks like a good back. Lets give him time to be a great one, and not annoint him just yet.

GO DAWGS! GO BOO!

Lindsey

March 11th, 2010
9:40 am

I like what Boo is saying, good luck & GO DAWGS!!

no dog

March 11th, 2010
9:41 am

Yeah, right, Herschel did “thousands” of sit-ups and push-ups, but since there were 7 of him that was only a couple of hundred per each personality. And a guy approaching adulthood who now decides he wants to be called “Boo” sounds like a mental giant don’t you think? I think this guy sounds like the prototypical uga recruit.

ATL XMAN

March 11th, 2010
9:43 am

i like how he made sure to carry the ball in the correct hand when running to the sidelines. that way he can use the free hand to stiff arm the on coming tackler or if by channce he should fumble the ball will most likely go out of bounds. there are running backs in college that dont do that. shows he knows how to run smart as well as hard. i think he will be a great addition to uga

Ponce DeLeon

March 11th, 2010
9:59 am

Does he have as many personalities as Hershel?

1eyedJack

March 11th, 2010
10:04 am

Most of those teams are putting 8 and 9 men in the box and he’s still running through and around them. Love his power and elusiveness. Wish his breakaway speed was just a little better.

kat

March 11th, 2010
10:12 am

have yall seen boo play all year he dragged defenders on some of da best teams from marist to mlk ask them how strong he is im sure those are just some runs not all i like boo keep working like hw said

East Cobb

March 11th, 2010
10:14 am

At least the fans in Sanford are used to yelling “Boo” at their team.

AL E. GATOR

March 11th, 2010
10:16 am

Great article!!!! Really!!!! It has made my day knowing that this kid is now going by his nickname, “Boo”.

He better get used to hearing “BOO!” for the frustrated Bulldog fans that wish they had an elite football program.

Instead, they have a team that did not finish in the final rankings in 2009 – and is 10 – 10 the last 4 years in SEC play! I would call that mediocre.

Boo needs to get used to seeing a half empty GATORBOWL – with only Gator fans in the stands – as UGA fans have exited by mid 3rd quarter.

UGA vs FL – pathetic

At least Donnan’s teams were more competitive against Florida than this curretn joker that is running your program. Getting blown out 3 of the last 4 years by Tennessee and Florida? This team sucks!

kat

March 11th, 2010
10:18 am

HW played 1-A like ealey im sure he is goin to workhard

Frank Lane

March 11th, 2010
10:20 am

Seems to be very good a hitting the hole and following blocking. YAC are not apparent though.

bitter gaoga fan

March 11th, 2010
10:29 am

gatards s–x, go f— yours, dawgs rule jacksonville a wipes, new h.@w 34, bad to the bone. run all day on reptiles!!!

bitter pat dye fan

March 11th, 2010
10:31 am

if bo coimg back am i next??

FayetteDawg

March 11th, 2010
10:40 am

Welcome to the Bulldog Nation, Boo. Work hard and keep your nose clean. Remember–what made Herschel great was his character, first and foremost. Work ethic, talent, and on-field success are always the product of solid character and off-field integrity. Far too many talented players–many in UGA’s recent past–have blown or tainted entire careers because of bad decisions. Don’t make your way onto the front page of the Red & Black except for a tremendous Saturday on the field. Glad to have another talented RB between the hedges. GO DAWGS!